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IT IS not known what prompted the chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) publicly to announce a U-turn in the blasphemy law.
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Hyeon Soo Lim, a South Korean-born Canadian who was the head pastor at one of Canada's largest churches, had been held by North Korea since February.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said China fully respected religious freedom.
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Turkey told Beijing on Tuesday it was worried over reports Uighur people had been banned from worship and fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
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Opposition and anger have been growing among extremist Buddhist nationalists and monks against a newly installed vice president in Burma, Henry Van Thio.
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For the 29th year in a row, a Filipino penitent fulfilled his vow to be nailed on the cross on Good Friday. This year he was one of ten to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
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At least 15 Filipino penitents were nailed to the cross on Good Friday, an annual Holy Week ritual that has attracted thousands of people, including foreign tourists.
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Reports that South Korea's constitutional court has overturned a law criminalizing adultery offer a teachable moment on headlines and the changing face of journalism.
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Ignored by the mainstream media, the Marrakesh Declaration has been acclaimed as a new dawn of Muslim tolerance by some commentators.
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It was the largest gathering for a papal event anywhere in the world, surpassing the five million people who attended the mass officiated by Pope John Paul II in Manila in 1995, officials said.
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